In our next series, we look at “Theology through the Arts” with sessions on Visual Arts, Poetry, Architecture and Music.
Theology through the Visual Arts
September 1, 2009
Ms. Bethany Farrell
How does art speak to the theological tenants of societies? How did art sneak into the Christian faith? Is “christian art” an oxymoron? In this lecture we will look at major sea changes in the 2,000 year relationship of art and theology as well as our inheritance of these moments today.
Bethany Farrell works for Christians in the Visual Arts and is a painter and choreographer living in Boston. (And a proud parishioner of the Church of the Advent.) She attended Boston University where she studied Art History concentrating in Medieval and Baroque Art. Prior to her position with CIVA she had worked as the tour manager of a historic landmark and at the auction house—Skinner, Boston. Bethany spends the rest of her time getting lost in Boston, running the church school at the Advent, and on her eternal quest to visit every house museum she can.
Theology through Poetry
September 8, 2009
Dr. Stephen Teichgraeber
Dr. Teichgraeber will focus his presentation on the Romantic poets, particularly Tintern Abbey by William Wordsworth, a meditation on nature leading to some astonishing mystical experiences allowing him to conclude that love of nature leads to love of man, a major stepping stone towards his later Christian belief enunciated in his Immortatity Ode. He will conclude with a discussion of Lord Byron’s The Vision of Judgment, a delightful narrative depicting HOW King George III manages to enter Heaven.
B Mus, Kansas City Conservatory (now Univ. of Missouri), AB, Rockhurst College (Kansas City, MO), MA, Rice University (Houston Texas), PhD, Rice University, Post – Doc, 8 terms, Cambridge University (St Edmund’s College) (UK).
Asst. Professor of English, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester.
Chairman, Dept. of English, Concord Academy, recently retired.
Theology through Architecture
September 15, 2009
Mr. Vance Hosford
Vance will talk about the nature of architecture as a “representative” art. He will highlight the development of the “narrative” Gothic tradition in architecture created for the church in Europe and England and then consider the dilemma of Modernism; what was lost and what might be the future of architecture for the church.
Vance Hosford got his BA in cinema at UCLA and a Masters in Architecture at UC Berkeley. He came to Boston and year after college and was a partner at Payette Associates Architects and Planners in Boston. He started his own practice in Vermont concentrating on residential design in 2001. He has a avid interest in ecclesiology and music. He is a devoted parishioner at the Church of the Advent.
Theology through Music
September 22, 2009
Dr. Jason Grant